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2014.... 5K last one before knee went out. Finished 7 seconds faster than previous year

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March 2010 Atlanta Marathon...my first....and, last! Whew....smiling because I didn't finish last


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Active Grandma going to gym on regular basis for years. I challenged myself in my 60th year (9 years ago) to see if I could run/walk a full marathon which I did along with 2 half marathons AND 2 sprint triathlons. That was an exciting year! Then, it all came crashing down around my heels when my knee went out. Had knee replacement surgery July 2015. Recovery went very well and now am walking average 5 miles a day pain free!
No longer able to go to gym (can't leave DH alone too long) so I picked myself up and dove into Sparkpeople full on.

Spring 2016..... 5% weight loss challenge...goal met!
Summer 2016.. 5% weight loss challenge...goal met!
Fall 2016......... 5% weight loss challenge...reached 4.33%
Winter 2017..... 5% weight loss challenge...reached 2.3%(sick)
Spring 2017..... Maintained
Summer 2017...Maintained
Fall 2017.......... Maintained
Winter 2018..... Maintained
Spring 2018..... .4% gain...major lifestyle change 2 months ago

Took a break from 5% challenge during our move out of state, got settled into senior living where I am NOT in control of meals. Am now paying for it with the pounds creeping back on!! Am ready to get back to being accountable to others.

Am a full time caregiver for husband with MS. Important for me to stay fit and strong.....mentally and physically. My running days are over so am now looking forward to a new life and challenge of speed walking.

UPDATE: February, 2017 after 18 months recuperation from TKR I walked my first timed 5K setting a new personal best time. Two weeks later I entered my 2nd 5K and set another PB time.

UPDATE: June, 2018 made major life change (2 months ago) with a move out-of-state into Independent living with 3 meals provided each day. Not in control of my own cooking. Feels like I am eating more.....too many desserts. End of 8 weeks here.....3.5 lb gain.....on the verge of leaving "normal" BMI back into "overweight" range. Must put on the brakes and gain control

UPDATE: January, 2019 9 months of meals being provided and 10 lbs have crept back ......OH, MY!! This is NOT good. Starting 5% weight loss challenge to get control back.

UPDATE: June, 2020 Have gained back half my weight loss! Not in control of my food preparation where we live. My walking has been inconsistent. Been in Coronavirus lockdown for 3 months. Stressful times. Must get back on track and into 5% challenge and COMMIT to it!

UPDATE: Sept, 2020 Did better with my 5% Summer challenge although missed my goal but was in better mind set. A work in progress. Still under lockdown with no group socialization. Stressful and lonely.

Member Since: 3/31/2012

Fitness Minutes: 57,714

My Goals:
* My goal is to continue walking average 4 miles per day.
* to reach another 5% challenge and maintain
* I want my BMI to read: Normal!
* Do a 5K (walking) in 2017 GOAL MET!!!

My Program:
* I walk at least 2 hours each day.
* Plan to do strength training at least 3X week
* Use my new twist board daily

Personal Information:
My name is Lois. Born in Michigan, lived 15 years in FL, 18 years in S.C. Moved to Independent living in Atlanta to be near family.
Married for 48 years, 3 children and 4 grands

Other Information:
While hobbling around with bad knee I took up reading. Adventure/survival non-fiction type. ie: People who walk across America, hike Appalachian trail, climb Mt. Everest and the like. Recently learned to play Mah Jong and love it.

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    CONGRATULATIONS on this week's weigh in fellow Tiger Monarch! You rock!
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